Howard Dean is now using the DNC as his own personal political machine.
Yesterday, I noted the conflict of interest inherent in the DNC using its own website to host a movement promoting Dr. Dean's reelection as party chair. Today, courtesy of the Clinton Democrats website, I have learned that the DNC now refuses access to previously welcome bloggers who are now critical of Dr. Dean's preferred candidate for the Democratic nomination this year. Yes, the DNC heads a private organization, and yes, it is within its technical rights to refuse or permit access to its website as it decides.
But a major political party is not an ordinary private organization. It occupies a quasi-public space in our political culture, more like a publicly traded company than a small private business. True, in many publicly traded companies, management tries to quash any shareholder voices that are critical of management. But when the dissatisfied shareholders become numerous enough and their voices loud enough, generally the CEO, and sometimes most of the board of directors, ends up gone.
The DNC should be run according to ethical standards appropriate for a major civic institution. Dr. Dean chooses to run it as Boss Tweed ran Tammany Hall.
Howard Dean must be voted out from the chair and replaced by somebody who understands that you cannot fix a major rift in the Party by pretending it does not exist. The party officials who will be voting on the next DNC chair are being lobbied now. They must be put on notice that rank and file Democrats will not stand for four more years of Dr. Dean as DNC chair. To help with that effort please consider a supporting an advertising campaign to directly target those bigwigs with that message, a campaign sponsored by Democrats for Principle Before Party.